Intro When I cast my vote in November, 2020, I have an important objective; one that I believe is best for this country. And, since it’s my vote, I get to decide what it means. Others may (and most likely will) infer their own meaning, but as the one casting it, I’m the one who gives my vote its meaning. Of course I don’t have to justify my vote to[ continue reading ]

I don’t pretend to be a poet. In fact, I’ve never set my pen to poetry before this venture. When our first grandson was born almost 9 years ago, I wrote the first verse. Now that we have three grandsons, I feel compelled to expand on it. And so, what follows is really a prayer but in the form of a poem. The prayer poem begins and ends with the same[ continue reading ]

What follows is advice I gave when someone asked how I handled my anger. I don’t pretend to have it all together in this arena and certainly do fail periodically in keeping my anger under control. But, over the years, I have gleaned some wisdom and have learned a few things about this misunderstood and oft mis-appropriated emotion. My musings below are not based on anything I’ve read and I[ continue reading ]

about religion? The short answer is “But of course!” After all, there is only so much control one can have over another person, even little persons biologically related.  Some may conclude that any answer to this question is above their paid grade. As for me, I’m not a psychologist nor a pastor/priest. Although I’ve completed seminary and did work briefly as a pastor, I do not now work in a[ continue reading ]

I’ve been a member of the Evangelical Theological Society since 1994 and I could not agree more in principle and in detail with all that is said by Stan Gundry’s “Whence and Whither ETS?: An Open Letter to the Members of the Evangelical Theological Society.” Dr. Gundry is a model statesman for the Academy AND the Church. His letter is worth the read and raises several issues that, in my[ continue reading ]

Vincent Van Gogh is a man for whom Proverbs 14:10 was written. “Each heart knows its own bitterness and no one else can share its joy.” We all “suffer for our sanity,” but I suspect Van Gogh suffered more than many. Of all the impressionists, Monet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne and Manet, et al. it is Van Gogh who is my favorite. I know he is classified as a post-impressionist, but[ continue reading ]